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Human Resources Event

Getting Ready for the Prospect of Mandatory Audits: Wage & Hour Law Compliance

Raymond H. Hixson

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jenny L. Vonderwerth, SPHR-CA, CIP invites you to attend this event. You're welcome to invite your friends and ask them to register themselves.

Beware employers: the U.S. Department of Labor is about to raise the bar as to employment law compliance. As part of its Plan/Prevent/Protect initiative, the Labor Department has announced that it intends to publish new regulations requiring employers to adopt specific plans to check for and ensure legal compliance regarding a wide range of topics. While some employers are already familiar with creating such plans with respect to Affirmative Action Programs and other topics, the new initiative would require such planning by generally all employers regarding a wide range of topics including wage and hour laws, medical leaves, and workplace safety. While the details of the new requirements are still being formulated, the Department of Labor clearly intends to cause a “sea change” in the level of pro-activeness by employers to ensure legal compliance.

Lawyers have long recommended that employers conduct self-audits to ensure employment law compliance and reduce the risk of legal claims. The dawn of Plan/Prevent/Protect makes it all the more imperative for employers to conduct such internal audits, and to do so as soon as possible. Once Plan/Prevent/Protect is implemented, employers may face the risk of having to document their compliance problems through mandatory audits and report them directly to the government!

In the spirit of getting ready for Plan/Prevent/Protect, our speaker, employment law attorney Ray Hixson, will review what may be the DOL’s top area of focus with the initiative: wage and hour law compliance. Mr. Hixson will discuss hot issues with respect to overtime exemptions, vacation/PTO plans, “contractor” classifications, and bonus plans. Mr. Hixson will also recommend best practices for employers to conduct internal audits to ensure wage and hour law compliance, and provide some useful forms to aid in that process.

Mr. Hixson is a partner and co-founder of the law firm Hixson Nagatani LLP based in Santa Clara, California. Hixson Nagatani LLP represents employers across California, and practices exclusively in the area of employment law.

I hope to see you soon!

Location:

KeyPoint Credit Union
2805 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95052
(888) 255-3637

Cost: This is a free event thanks to our gracious hostess, Elena Culver, and KeyPoint Credit Union.  

Food: please bring a little something to share, but if you don't have time or you forget, don't worry about it.

Schedule:
6:30 - 7:00 PM arrive and network
7:00 - 9:00 PM presentation, introductions, announcements, networking, clean-up

Bring: Come with your resume, business cards, any job leads that you have to share and a desire to enjoy the evening with this phenomenal group that we are fortunate to know as colleagues!

RESPONSE DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 20. Please respect that date so we have enough food and seating.

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Last Modified September 2011

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